This is a great thread pepperann27. The level of apprehension and downright fear of having an ostomy is pretty high. I was in the hospital recently, and one lady who had just had an ostomy installed was very upset. She was told by a hospital worker that she could no longer swim or jog, things she loved to do. What nonsense !
Before I had my surgery, I was able to speak with a guy my age who popped by my hospital room and chatted about his experience before and after ostomy surgery. He was normal, healthy, and working. Had a young family, and was doing great.
Anyone facing ostomy surgery might consider talking with an Ostomy Nurse, or your doctor, and request a visit like I had. If it's possible in your area, it really helps to ease fears about things.
I agree, this is a great thread!
I'm not sick anymore, don't take any medicines, and can eat whatever I want!
I'm healthy, can exercise and swim, without any problems.
I have tons of energy and don't have to be near a bathroom all the time!
Nobody can tell that I have one!
And, I've met the nicest people through this forum!
Vanity, but since my hubby doesn't mind, I'm getting over it!